Are you a “plotter” or a pantster?” From the time I first decided to write a novel, I knew I was a pantster. This, of course, is the word used to describe writers who write “by the seat of their pants,” rather than meticulously planning out every detail before typing Chapter 1. It’s not
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Phillip Pullman What could be more fun than taking a tin full of treasures to inspire young writers? This week I am honoured to participate in Story Avenue along with groups of Grade 5 and Grade 6 students in
“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair—the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart…Come to it anyway, but lightly. You must not come lightly to the blank page.” Stephen King Sage advice from a very prolific writer. He didn’t
“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that…” – Harlan Ellison In January, I focused on a few ways to light that spark of inspiration.